Louis Lopez is a trumpet player, performer/composer, engineer, and educator.
His music making centers around the integration of acoustic and processed sounds in live performance through the signal processing language of Max/MSP/Jitter. As an instrumentalist, Louis has performed across the United States in Honolulu, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and at the International Society of Improvising Musicians (ISIM) conference in Chicago. His professional music experience includes collaborations in film, dance, radio, animation, and concert music. These works have been performed at such prestigious arenas as the Center for Advanced Musical Studies at Chosen Vale, New Hampshire, Azusa Pacific University in California, The Sundance Film Festival, and in Essen, Germany at PACT-Zollverein. His contributions as a musician and collaborator in the visual art world include performances for the Made in LA series at Barnsdall Gallery Theatre and at The Hammer Museum with artists Kenyatta Hinkle and Kevin Robertson.
His ensemble Grampus, an interface driven trio based in Los Angeles, released their debut album “ILK ILK” on pfMENTUM records to wide acclaim. It appeared on KDVS TOP Ten Jazz Chart amongst the likes of Henry Threadgill and Ravi Coltrane coupled with radio play across the US and Europe. Their music, along with Louis’s solo work, has been featured in the work of Stephanie Zaletel‘s dance company, szalt. Their collaborations have been performed at the Sharon D. Lund Dance Theater, Live Arts LA, HNYPT, and at the Walt Disney Concert Hall’s REDCAT Theater.
Louis is currently the Artistic Developer and Liaison for pfMENTUM records. Owned and Operated by fellow trumpeter and composer, Jeff Kaiser, the record label is committed to enabling the production and exposure of creative musicians. He was also the Music Instructor and Director of the Music program at Crenshaw Arts/Tech Charter High School (C.A.T.C.H) where he developed a curriculum encouraging musical exploration. He now is a Professor of Audio at The Art Institute—Inland Empire where he teaches a variety of subjects including electronics, audio technology, and computer music programming. Louis continues to perform and teach privately in the greater Los Angeles area and abroad.
Louis obtained his Master’s degree from California Institute of the Arts in Performance/Composition: African American Improvisational Music in 2012. There he studied with such notables as Wadada Leo Smith, Mark Trayle, Edward Carroll, Vinny Golia, Robert Wannamaker, Alfred Ladzekpo, Clay Chaplin, Sara Roberts, and John Fumo. He has studied extensively in the forms of West African drumming and Javanese gamelan, as well as being fluent in music engineering for live and studio recordings. As a Calartian, he has performed and recorded with Desperado Orchestra, Orkestar Meze, Sogo Takeover, and Realization Orchestra, Homesick Elephant, Sophocles Steve, and on a number of TV and film scores.
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